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View Poll Results: What Premium Unleaded Brand Do You Use ?
Shell Optimax 128 35.56%
Mobil Synergy 56 15.56%
BP Ultimate 100 27.78%
Caltex Vortex 49 13.61%
Other 27 7.50%
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post #1 of 160 (permalink) Old 03-09-03, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb If you use PULP, what does everyone use ?

just curious what peoples are using.

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I had to put other because I get premium from where ever I can get it. I havn't found any one type to be better than the others.
Provided it's 98 ron it's all good.

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I chose BP Ultimate simply because the premium in price charged for it is lower than the 7-9 cents / litre for Optimax.
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I use either BP Ultimate or Mobil Synergy 8000, mostly the BP because it is easier to get. I have found that Shell Optimax is not as consistant as the other two. Sometimes it is good, others the car pings its head off when using it.

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Vortex for me - only because Caltex is the local servo. If I fill up and a Shell servo is in that location, then I use Optimax.


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Originally posted by russellw
I chose BP Ultimate simply because the premium in price charged for it is lower than the 7-9 cents / litre for Optimax.
I didn't know that the extra price for Ultimate is less than Optimax/Synergy
I'll have to give it a shot next time. Mine lives on Synergy, it never feels as good or starts well on Optimax

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I use BP PULP or vortex gold as they are usally not to much deaer. if optimax isent heeps deaer i use it just depends what servo i am at and how much it is

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The Mobil Synergy 8000 seems to run best in my car. It's also the easiest to find. I've tried Optimax, Ultimate and Vortex and none of them were as good as the Synergy.

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Just a note, Caltex Vortex is only 95RON, lower than the 98RON of Ultimate and Optimax. It's more of a detergent fuel that cleans the engine, or that's what they claim anyway.

The truth behind octane ratings is to use the lowest RON that won't make your engine ping - anything more is useless and a waste of money. Using a higher octane rating isn't going to magically make your car go faster, futhermore, it's not a 'treat' for your engine.

All this amounts to is a smart marketing ploy by the fuel companies to grab more of our money - aren't we paying enough already? Any additional benefits that you may see in using it in a low compression engine (like increased fuel economy, smoother running) are purely psychological.

On the other hand, if you are running an older engine, or a high compression or boosted engine, use the higher octane fuel or risk detonation and engine failure.
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I actually have switched to Mobil Synergy, away from Optimax, as the Optimax seems to leave a film and residue across the back of the car, which even detergent struggles to remove.
A freind of mine, who was using it in his drag boat reported the same thing.
In addition, the quality of Optimax seemed to go up and down, it wasnt consistent. However, Synergy seems to do the trick. No complaints

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